Exclusive: Land Rover will create a range of electric Range Rover

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2020 it will be a very important year for Land Rover. Will their entry into the league of manufacturers competing in the electrification of its products, until now primarily comprised of the Premium brands.

The brand will develop a range parallel to the current

From three years ago, engineers Jaguar & Land Rover and automotive suppliers have been developing different forms of electrification, three concepts framed in the project known as Concept_e: a “hybrid environment” (MHEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a pure electric battery-powered (BEV), that is the case of the Jaguar I-PACE. The three options that the specialist in all-terrain to be applied progressively and in a not too distant future to expand the range on the Range Rover HYBRID and Range Rover Sport HYBRID.

The strategy of electrification of Land Rover will be different to that of Jaguar that has opted to include new models in the range are powered by electricity next to the combustion, as well as the future I-PACE. The british brand of SUV and all-terrain has opted for the development of a range of models, parallel to the current, with the same standard of quality that they and their qualities out of the asphalt; in the style of Mercedes EQ and BMW r in terms of concept.

Range of electric under the flagship Range Rover

This range of electric vehicles Land Rover shall be exclusive of Range Rover and will retain their format of body of SUV. It is precisely this, what is taking more development time and research to the brand: ensuring that an SUV fully-electric will be able to operate out of the asphalt with the same level of demand that a Range Rover combustion.

Land Rover and GKN Driveline working in a power plant with two axes driven by electric motors and a transmission of two speeds.The “eAxleis front a electric motor of 85 kW (a 114 HP) at 15,000 rpm, although GKN is working to exceed 20,000 rpm, and makes use of a single-speed automatic transmission, while the rear electric motor rindand 145 kW (about 195 HP) and can make use of the two speeds. The combination of the two eAxles allows you to have a permanent capacity of four-wheel-drive and a high-torque low-speed gearbox 2-speed for driving more dynamic.

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Detail shaft power developed by GKN.

This group is based on the system eDrive GKN, which is mounted in hybrid today as the Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW i8 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, but for Land Rover has had to be modified completely to be mounted on a platform of SUV with traction to the four wheels, and that requires a high level of capability off-road. This has been achieved by turning the box of changes of two speeds, 120 and endowing it with a new lubrication system with a circuit oil guide to ensure a sufficient flow around the switch mechanism, bearings and seals during any driving condition.

With the development of this range of electric vehicles, Land Rover intended to raise still further the status of the Range Rover with an interior more luxurious at the same time that modern. The exterior design also is subject to mandatory requirements of aerodynamics, efficient in electric vehicles to maximize the capacity of the battery, so that the future Range Rover electrical will have common features in their design, such as a front part is smaller and a roof line lower.